CU volunteers plant, paint at DNC project volunteer day

June 29, 2016

Volunteers from local credit unions and The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) joined staff from the Democratic National Convention Committee (DNCC) and RealClearPolitics in a “Volunteer Day” Wednesday to help build a Health and Wellness Garden at CHOP’s Nicholas and Athena Karabots Pediatric Care Center. CUNA and RealClearPolitics are honoring the Democratic National Convention by taking on the project.

“Credit unions have been proudly conducting leave-behind projects in honor of the Democratic National Convention since 2000 to leave a lasting impression on communities like Philadelphia that have opened their doors to national nominating conventions,” said Trey Hawkins, CUNA vice president of political affairs. “This meaningful work, bringing a health and wellness garden to a community in need, will continue to serve its purpose long after the convention leaves town.”

Volunteers spent today filling planting beds with gravel and soil, planting vegetables and trees, painting a chalkboard wall for patients and other projects. Credit union volunteers came from TruMark Financial CU, Fort Washington, Pa.; American Heritage FCU, Philadelphia; Utilities Employees CU, Wyomissing, Pa.; Merck Sharp & Dohme FCU, Chalfont, Pa.; Norristown Bell CU, Blue Bell, Pa.; and Citadel FCU, Exton, Pa.

The Health and Wellness Garden is in honor of the 2016 Democratic National Convention. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place during the week of the convention, July 25-28, in Philadelphia.

“Credit unions from this region and beyond have been strong supporters of the Children’s Miracle Network and CHOP,” stated Rick Wargo, executive vice president/general counsel of the Pennsylvania Credit Union Association (PCUA). “It is great to see this wellness garden coming together, and the Democratic National Convention shines the perfect spotlight on the great work that credit unions do cooperatively in their communities.”

The groundbreaking took place in May, and volunteer day is the next step in helping transform the space into a resource for patient and community engagement programs.

PCUA is spearheading fundraising by the credit unions. They have already raised more than their target goal of $300,000, the amount needed to cover the costs of the project.

CUNA, credit unions in Cleveland and RealClearPolitics also are working with the Republican National Convention on a companion project for a year-round horticultural therapy suite at UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio, site of the 2016 Republican National Convention.

See below for social media posts from the day’s activities.